Jury selection began Monday in criminal court for the security guard accused of second-degree murder following an incident outside a south Nashville sports bar.
Jeremy Holmes was indicted on second-degree murder charges last year in the shooting death of 34-year-old Adam Villegas. The incident occurred May 16, 2008, outside Marathon Sports Bar located at Nipper’s Corner off Edmondson Pike.
Holmes, 28 at the time of the incident, was working as a security guard that night when Villegas arrived for drinks. According to Metro Police, Holmes said Villegas had “a bunch” to drink.
Villegas got into his Saturn Ion to leave the Marathon parking lot and Holmes circled around to check his license plate number. When Villegas put the car in reverse, Holmes went to the side of the vehicle, pulled his gun and ordered Villegas to stop, according to police. When Villegas didn’t, Holmes shot him one time in the neck. Villegas died at the scene.
Holmes told detectives he fired the shot, because he feared being hit by the car.
Opening arguments are set to begin Tuesday in Judge Randall Wyatt’s courtroom.